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The Lost Squadron (1932)

Passed | | Drama, History, War | 12 March 1932 (USA)
In hard times just after World War I, three ex-fighter pilots manage to land jobs as Hollywood stunt fliers working for dictatorial director Von Furst.



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Complete credited cast:
The Pest
Von Furst (as Erich Von Stroheim)
Marjorie Peterson ...
Lelewer (as William Davidson)


In hard times just after World War I, three ex-fighter pilots manage to land jobs as Hollywood stunt fliers working for dictatorial director Von Furst.

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Drama | History | War


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Release Date:

12 March 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die letzten Vier  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.19 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of David O. Selznick's first actions when he came on board was to fire director Paul Sloane who was continually disappearing on drinking binges and hire George Archainbaud. See more »


At the start, during the aerial dog fight, the front aiming machine guns fire too quickly for the bullets to pass through the propellers. See more »


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Music by George M. Cohan
Strains played during the opening credits
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27 June 2015 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Following service in the Great War (aka World War I), US military men are assured their lives will be as good, if not better, than before they enlisted. But for three fighter pilots, this proves not to be the case. Handsome young Joel McCrea (as "Red") must give up his job as his company downsizes. Debonair drinker Robert Armstrong (as Woody) learns has business partner has squandered their fortune. And, brave leader Richard Dix (as "Gibby") loses his attractive girlfriend Mary Astor (as Follette Marsh) to a wealthy filmmaker who can advance her career. To make ends meet, the men go to Hollywood and become stunt pilots in aviation movies...

"The Lost Squadron" is entertaining, due to some strange plotting...

The "romance" part involves Mr. Dix and Mr. McCrea in competition for Mr. Armstrong's pretty young sister Dorothy Jordan, who is called the "Pest" (for some unfathomable reason). Dix also still likes Ms. Astor, who has married loudmouthed director Erich von Stroheim (as Arthur Von Furst) solely to advance her career. The scenes with Von Stroheim barking direction while filming battle scenes are a perverse highlight. After about 55 minutes, watch for Armstrong to wave a "middle finger" salute from his cockpit. It all leads to jealousy and attempts to murder. Why one crime is concealed from police is not particularly clear, although Dix asks nicely enough.

***** The Lost Squadron (1932-03-10) George Archainbaud ~ Richard Dix, Robert Armstrong, Erich von Stroheim, Joel McCrea

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